The Five Most Insane Bands to See Live Right Now

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2. B L A C K I E (All Caps With Spaces)
B L A C K I E's shows will be the kind parents will tell their kids about in twenty years. They're the kind of thing that might not last forever, but will live in infamy long after he decides to stop doing all this crazy shit. And luckily for us, we don't have to go far or wait very long to see them since B L A C K I E is Houston born and bred.

The intensity he brings defies naming, genre, or explanation. Most bands are lucky to have one show on a tour that matches this kind of insanity, but B L A C K I E brings it every single time he performs. Of course, in Houston it's a lot more fun because we get it.

The show in France seen above looks awesome, but the crowd clearly has never seen B L A C K I E before and has no idea how to react. Par for the course with something this bizarre and yet altogether amazing.



1. The Dillinger Escape Plan
The scene: Revolver Golden God Awards 2013. The band: The Dillinger Escape Plan. Just as they launched into "When I Lost My Bet," their latest single from their new album One of Us is the Killer, front man Greg Puciato, bloody-faced and stalking the stage, shouted at the audience, "this is real shit, motherfuckers!"

For an award show, it's a profound statement, and one exemplified in their music. Where Revolver has essentially taken an underground form of music built around brutality and built a cheesy award show around it, Dillinger showed up to completely tear the house down with "real shit."

This band is made up of some of the most talented, accomplished instrumentalists in rock music today, but what makes their live shows so insane is that they mix their particular form of already intense music with some of the craziest, most intense showmanship in the business today. On top of it all, they never miss a beat despite the intricate complexities of their music.

By the end of the show, Dillinger finished their "statement" by breathing fire and destroying every single thing in sight, all the while still playing a ridiculously heavy breakdown. All this after finishing a cover of Depeche Mode's ""Behind the Wheel." This is just one shining example of the band's style onstage, and is the latest proof that they are not to be missed when they hit Houston July 27 on the Summer Slaughter tour.




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Jimi Austin
Jimi Austin

All of those bands may have lots of energy but the music is a joke.

randmc333
randmc333

With all these lists, Houston Press is starting to look a lot like VH1.  

freenyona
freenyona

I've seen pretty much all of the bands mentioned in the blog and the comments, and I wanted to throw these guys into the mix: Monotonix. Just do a Google Image Search, that should be enough.

ProperPat
ProperPat

Agree with 4 of five of these.... What is this B L A C K I E garbage...? Not interesting... at all.

Trav08
Trav08

I created an account just to comment on this article... How is THE CHARIOT not on this list!!!

primarilyben
primarilyben

I feel like The Chariot didn't make this list because they aren't obscure enough. 

Lame.

prgsvr
prgsvr

hmm.. how about Butcher Babies?

TheDocument
TheDocument

BLACKIE is utter shit. Any dumb kid can shreik random crap into a mic over awful Casio keyboard loops. It's insane that anyone would consider his "performances" worth seeing.

GhostsxShadow
GhostsxShadow

Letlive. would have to be up there.  Touche' Amore' I would put at number 1.  Their shows are something to behold.  They are nonstop.  Super polite guys too.  I agree with most except B L A C K I E. 

Michael Terry
Michael Terry

G.g. Allan and the murder junkies @ the axiom

Dave
Dave

Would someone please explain B L A C K I E to me? The reason those French guys are just standing around clueless is because that "performance" was T E R R I B L E...

poopshoot_2007
poopshoot_2007

You haven't seen many bands if you think these are the most insane.

Andy_P
Andy_P

This is the best damn article the Houston Press has published in months, thank you.  

I broke my arm in the cancer bats pit while they covered sabatoge on the 18th @ fitz, that show was a good one, but not super well attended, they only had the downstairs with Kvelertak as the headliner. 

We need more small venue excellent hardcore coming to this city, music festivals blow. 

wakeupjon_
wakeupjon_

I've seen the Chariot quite a few times; it wasn't chaotic at all. Maybe it was just the wrong crowd or something. Don't know.  


Converge and DEP are definitely high up on the list. Melt-Banana and the Locust are also very high up. The Locust is non-stop insanity.  

missingno2005
missingno2005

I clicked just to check The Dillinger Escape Plan were first on the list. Good job.

Also, I saw Converge last year at Resurrection Fest, and being my favourite band it was somewhat dissapointing. Not as intense as I expected. It was good, nonetheless, just not as much as I hoped it would be.

joshwebster
joshwebster

I saw Converge open for Dethklok at the then-called Verizon Theater and they were TERRIBLE. Good guitar tones but the vocals were AWFUL. Forget intelligible lyrics, that dude belted out nothing but monosyllabic barking sounds the whole set. "BLACH BLACH BLACH BLACH!!!! (riff riff riff) BLACH BLACH BLAH!! (riff riff riff). Terrible. 

CoreyDeiterman
CoreyDeiterman

@freenyona Unfortunately, they broke up. Great band though.

eudemonist
eudemonist

@GhostsxShadow Letlive. is pretty rad.  Jason's way cool, too.  Hell, after meeting him once, the dude recognized me like eight months later.  Not something ya get all the time.

GhostsxShadow
GhostsxShadow

@jon.hughes001  The Locust aren't on there because they aren't a band anymore.  The Blood Brothers were another great act to see live.

chriskanski
chriskanski

@missingno2005 That's often the case at festivals, unfortunately, it takes a special kind of band to command a greater stage. Though I did see Converge at a fairly large venue in London and they blew away every head in the room.

joshwebster
joshwebster

Yeah, I guess I just like music that sounds good when you listen to it. I'm just funny like that.

missingno2005
missingno2005

@joshwebster Yeah, that's a shame, specially when they have such GREAT lyrics, but as the guy above me said, that's part of Converge, and I have learned to like it. It's raw emotion, pure feelings.

That happened to me with Magrudergrind, too.

chriskanski
chriskanski

@joshwebster You don't understand Converge. 
Don't get me wrong, that's not a bad thing - when I picked up my first Converge album at 15, I put it down and didn't pick it up again for three months.
But when you listen to the chaotic screaming, and you really look at the artwork, and you really let your mind wander, you begin to understand. Converge's music isn't about the description of feeling, it's purely emotion translated into music. 
When I saw them live, every single person was in Jacob Bannon's head, we were all living the music, not just listening to it.

freenyona
freenyona

@CoreyDeiterman Ah, yes... "Right Now". And I didn't realize they had broken up. That's no bueno. Glad I got to see them a couple of times, then.

danyingling
danyingling

@primarilyben this is the most ridiculous thing i have ever read. and i like both of the bands.

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